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Contemporary Artist: Roman Ondak


A photograph of black sharpie on a white gallery wallMeasuring the Universe, performance

 

Roman Ondak is a Slovakian artist who specializes in performance and conceptual art. He doesn’t necessarily produce his works in a studio, but rather composes them, often with large groups of people, sometimes in a gallery and sometimes in public.

 


A photo of a series of sculptural representations of satellitesEnter the Orbit, installation

 

One of Ondak’s most famous pieces is called Measuring the Universe. In this piece, Ondak takes the white walls of…

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Studio Sunday: Julie Mehretu

 


 

Today’s Studio Sunday will focus on the art studio of Julie Mehretu. Julie Mehretu is known for her extremely large-scale paintings that feature abstract, geometric motifs and lines that give a strong sense of movement.

 

Mehretu’s studio must be quite spacious to accommodate the large size of many of her paintings. One painting that was commissioned for an office building in Manhattan was 80 feet long and 23 feet wide. In…

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Paintings that Entice the Senses: Michelle Marcotte


A still-life painting of a loaf of bread, butter, and jars of jamJam Maker's Reward, oil

 


A screen capture of Michelle Marcotte's websiteFood paintings on Michelle Marcotte's web portfolio


Michelle Marcotte paints in a colourful, bombastic style that I find works particularly well in her still-life works, where she renders food and flowers in brighter-than-life hues, creating paintings that entice the senses.

 


A painting of several types of flowers that have different meaningsTahleen and Robert's Garden, oil on canvas

Michelle works with a variety of subjects in her paintings, exploring portraiture and…

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Curated Collection: Geometry


A sculpture made from a small statue with a turquoise pyramid for a headJe te porterais Marie, wax, glitters, pigments, plaster, found object, Magali Hebert-Huot

This month I’ve curated a collection of art that incorporates geometry. While it may often be said that art and mathematics are two very different disciplines, the intersections between the two, and the use of geometry in art, goes way back to Leonardo Da Vinci’s time, and even before that. Geometry was traditionally a part of art in that it…


Heavy, Defined Brushstrokes: Paintings by Edward Bear Miller


A painting of a woman walking with a boat in water in  the bacjground

Begoia Afloat, oil on canvas

 

Edward Bear Miller, our featured artist for today, is originally from Washington, D.C. He paints landscapes as well as figures and portraits in heavy, defined brushstrokes.

 

Lines and layers of colour and shadow appear on the surface of Edward’s paintings like the shadows of tree branches, overlapping and building forms. The brushstrokes themselves become parts of his landscapes, which are divided on…

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Divine Line Art: Tattoos by Anastasia Proudnikova


a drawing of a mermaid sitting in an underwater sceneUntitled

Anastasia Proudnikova is our featured artist for today. Anastasia works as a tattoo artist, as well as creating her own original art and photography which is available on her webpage.

 


A composite image of several black and white tattoosUntitled

 


A screen capture of Anastasia Proudnikova's tattoo websiteAnastasia Proudnikova's online art gallery - www.divinelinestudio.com

Rather than a traditional commercial tattoo studio, Anastasia has a studio set up in her home, where her tattoo clients can have their design done in the utmost…

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Studio Sunday: Tran Nguyen

 


An image of Tran Nguyen working at her drawing table

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look at the studio of artist and illustrator Tran Nguyen. Nguyen’s style shows her skill at drawing people and object’s realistically, but she makes it more interesting by creating surreal and psychological images of people and places, incorporating geometry and symbolism.

 

As an illustrator, the most important part of Nguyen’s studio space is her drawing table. She works mainly on paper, and in…

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Pop-Cultural Portraits: Paintings by Amber Petersen


A tiny portrait painting of Dale Cooper from Twin PeaksTwin Peaks - Coop II, acrylic and ink on miniature canvas

Amber Petersen, our featured artist of the day, is currently located in Toronto, Ontario. She

works in both painting and photography, and I find that her work shows an interesting contrast in the way she uses each medium.

 

I am particularly fond of Amber’s paintings, which are often pop-cultural portraits of known faces. Many of her paintings are on a tiny scale, as small as…

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Insect Motifs: the Art of Tina Tavolacci


A painting of a bee over scraps of old paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a Michigan artist who specializes in painting and jewelry, incorporating insect motifs, as well as animals and plants into much of her work.

 

The recurring images of different items from nature – insects, sea creatures, leaves and branches of trees – are interesting when placed on jewelry. Something that is often refined to be as smooth and shiny as possible is, in the case of Tina’s work, left a bit…

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Bizarre Landscapes: Painting and Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel


An abstract painting with many long colourful brushstrokesUntitled

Looking at Jonathan Hertzel’s work is like seeing an image transformed into different mediums. A sculptor and a painter, Jonathan’s bronze sculptures seem like fragments of his chaotic paintings, pulled off the canvas and made three-dimensional.

 

The sense of movement in Jonathan’s paintings is incredible. Despite their strictly abstract nature, I find myself viewing them more as landscapes, if quite bizarre landscapes.…

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Experiments in Film and Animation: Guillaume Vallee


An abstract painting on a film negative with bright, strange coloursUntitled Collision IV, paint and collage on 35mm film negative

Guillaume Vallee is a French-Canadian artist who takes a particular interest in film and animation and experimental techniques involving the technology used to create these moving pictures.

 


A website of abstract landscape photos by Guillaume ValleeLandscapes from Mexico on www.gvallee.com


An installation view of a projector screen showing film negatives that have been painted and scratchedSouvenirs de sable a la ferme, installation

In Guillaume’s style I see an appreciation for digital mediums, and an eagerness to manipulate…

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Studio Sunday: Josef-Peter Roemer

 


A photo of several paintings in the home studio of Josef-Peter Roemer

 

Josef-Peter Roemer was born in Germany, and today lives and works from the state of Wisconsin. Looking at his work, it is easy to see the natural talent that would have made him a skilled artist even in his youth. Roemer’s work is representational, using a realistic style that is reminiscent of the soft, glowing faces and shining fabrics of paintings in the renaissance.

 

Roemer’s studio space in Readstown, Wisconsin is a…

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Expressive, Dark-Toned Paintings by Bonnie Laird


An oil painting of a fisherman's profile on a blue backgroundWaiting for the Cod, oil on paper

Bonnie Laird is our featured artist for today! Bonnie’s website – www.bonnielaird.com – is packed with expressive, dark-toned paintings.

 

Bonnie’s figure paintings and portraits have a very particular style to them, one which calls to mind much earlier art movements where human features and colours were skewed to reflect a darker, more anonymous urban lifestyle. The human faces in Bonnie’s…

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Creative Use of Textiles: Laura Keating


A small abstract sculpture in a shadowbox frameHoundstooth No.2, mixed media

The work of Laura Keating is at times soft and ethereal, at times humorous, and at times dark and heavy. As a trained textile artist, she exhibits creative use of textiles in a way that showcases an artist who plays around with style and tries not to get tied down into one particular mode of working.

 


A small fabric sculpture in a shadowbox frameMiniature No.1, 3-D stitching, natural fibres

 


Laura Keating's online portfolio websitewww.laurakeating.ca

I really adore Laura’s Miniatures…

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Movement and Texture: the Artwork of David Ferguson


A heavily textured abstract painting with tones of deep blueSky Event, cast cotton and acrylic on painted board

Movement and texture feature prominently in the work of David Ferguson, our featured artist of the day. David is not only a painter, but a dancer and choreographer, so it makes sense that he would utilize his own expertise and appreciation for moving forms in all of his work.

 


Several pieces of white cast cotton arranged on a white wallCourtyard for a Bird, cast cotton installation

 

I am fascinated by David’s use of cast cotton in his…

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